Ravens trade former starting center Gradkowski to Broncos
APR 1, 7:40p ET | AP
Rotowire: Apr 3 / 7:07a ET
News: Gradkowski and a 2016 fifth-round pick were officially traded to the Broncos on Thursday in exchange for 2016 fourth-round draft pick, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Gradkowski was forced into a backup role last season with the emergence of Jeremy Zuttah, but the move to Denver should make him the frontrunner for starting center duties. He should have a relatively easy transition to the new organization, as Broncos coach Gary Kubiak formerly served as the Ravens' offensive coordinator during Gradkowski's time in Baltimore.
StatsLLC: Apr 1 / 12:00a ET
News: The Denver Broncos continued addressing their needs along the offensive line by acquiring fourth-year center Gino Gradkowski from the Baltimore Ravens for 2016 draft considerations.
Impact: Gradkowski started every game in Baltimore in 2013 but only saw action in eight games last year after the Ravens obtained Jeremy Zuttah from the Buccaneers. The 6-foot-3, 300-pounder appeared in every game during Baltimore's Super Bowl run his rookie season. Overall, he played in 40 regular season games and six playoff games with the Ravens, who selected him in the fourth round out of Delaware in the 2012 draft.